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Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran, Director- Sustainable Development Outreach, TERI

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  • The perils of water mismanagement

    The perils of water mismanagement

  • Climate change impacts could slow down economic growth; and increase risks of violent conflicts

    Climate change impacts could slow down economic growth; and increase risks of violent conflicts

  • Treading on a deadly pollution trajectory

    Treading on a deadly pollution trajectory

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Punjab's high growth and development has led to a visible ecological backlash. Green Budgeting will enable the state to increase productivity, generate revenues and achieve environmental sustainability through pro-active planning.

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From 1970 to 2008, more than 95 per cent of deaths from natural disasters took place in developing countries. Urban land cover is projected to expand by 56-310 per cent between 2000 and 2030. What kind of measures would be required, given that the frequency of natural disasters is increasing with each passing year? As the NDA government plans for 100 Smart Cities, what kind of climate mitigation strategies and planning would be required to minimize damage? An exclusive interview with Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi.

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US-India ties are on the cusp of a new beginning. The recent visit of US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker to India could not have come at a more crucial juncture. Their meetings with various dignitaries, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reinforced the need to strengthen bilateral relationship between the two countries. In this context, the Fifth US-India Energy Partnership Summit, scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 1 in Washington DC, and organized by The Energy and Resources Institute North America (TERI NA) and Yale University, would be a significant platform to strengthen US-India ties on various fronts.

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At another high-level event held in the run up to the Summit on July 30 in New Delhi, Mr Daniel Poneman, US Deputy Secretary of Energy, said: "The US and India are playing important roles globally in terms of energy security and climate change. This is an opportunity, as well as our responsibility, to preserve our precious planet. I believe US-India bilateral relations are poised to create huge opportunities in this sector. The time has come to move from analysis and take effective action in this regard."

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Around 37.7 million people in India are affected by waterborne diseases each year. TERI has developed a biological process to remove nitrates from water at a low cost.

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Cycling as a sustainable mode of transport has revolutionized the mobility scenario in countries such as Denmark and The Netherlands, with substantial savings on the health expenditures of these countries. Even in countries like China, cycles have made a strong comeback with more and more populations choosing to cycle. But cycle ownership is rapidly declining in urban India. Ironically, imports of cycles are growing at an annual rate of 25 per cent - mainly from China. How do you reverse this trend and make cycles a solution for growing transport, environmental and health problems in the country?

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Building smart cities has its share of challenges and the way forward to a sustainable future is deft planning and execution.

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As funding for cleaning the holy Ganga increases with each passing year, the levels of pollution show no signs of abating. How do you make effective use of the funds allocated by the NDA government to save a dying river?

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The perils of water mismanagement
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By 2030, about 47 per cent of world's population will live in highly water-stressed areas. The only way to reverse this trend is to invest in environmental infrastructure and effective management of water to bring relief to millions afflicted by poverty, hunger and disease

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Climate change impacts could slow down economic growth; and increase risks of violent conflicts
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Climate change impacts could slow down economic growth; and increase risks of violent conflicts The much-awaited IPCC report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability of climate change has found that climate change impacts are...

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